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My day started at a LATE 5:00 am, which if you have ever run a Disney race before, you will know that’s considered sleeping in. Typically the prince and princesses of runDisney have alarms set for 3:00 or worse, to get their day started and race before the parks opened. This morning, I actually was up BEFORE the alarm. I donned my 5k outfit, grabbed the breakfast I had stashed away the night before (no pre-race boxed breakfast at the cafeteria like they have before the bigger races this time…I was bummed about that, but I guess it was only a 5k after all) and tiptoed out of the hotel room before I could wake anyone up, then headed to the front of the AllStar Music resort (one of the race weekend host hotels) to catch a bus.
First thing I noticed: I was one of the few awake. The bus didn’t come close to filling up before it departed and took us straight to Animal Kingdom. Buses ran from 5:00-6:00 am (race start at 7:00) and apparently I was an early bird.
So what did I do first? Got in line for my Mickey & Minnie picture. Though the parking lot was still pretty sparse, it seemed everyone that HAD arrived already was in this line…so I figured I better get in line too. You can never hug the mouse too many times in one trip.
There was a great DJ playing fun music to keep us warm, but for the most part, there was a lot of standing (or if you were lucky to score a spot on the bleachers…sitting) as we waited for the race.
|My one and only character pic for this 5k. They store their dead in porta pottys & Ryder trucks…|
Anyway, the 5k went by pretty fast as 5k’s usually do. I was given my medal (which, lets be honest, is what I really showed up for in the first place), water, powerade, and a goody bag full of food. Asked a stranger to take an obligatory finishers picture, and then I headed for the bus. I wanted to get back to my family.